The last few weeks have been challenging for many of us and today we woke up to a different kind of day.

Forward Thinking Therapies has been busy working with clients and community groups to ensure that we are able to continue servicing emotional health support in a positive way via video link and using other resources that do not involve personal contact.

FREE support is available for anyone struggling with these challenging times via email at [email protected], we also have a range of free resources available. We will endeavour to respond to all emails within 48 hours of receipt.

We focus on the positive aspects of emotional health, working together to enhance our wellbeing, mental health and getting the best out of everyday life. Our clients vary, individuals, couples and families.

We currently have availability for 1:1 sessions, which are arranged via zoom video link. This sessions are charged at our standard hourly rate as per our Terms & Conditions. 

If you would like to book a free 30 minute introductory session to discuss how we might be able to help you, please contact us via the email above.

In addition to the above, we will be posting updates and resources regularly on our Facebook Page to support individuals and families. In the meantime, stay home, stay well and stay safe.

Forward Thinking Therapies, POCAD, Family Together and The Well Woman Network focus on supporting the positive aspects of emotional health; working together to enhance our wellbeing, mental health and getting the best out of modern day life. 

We run events locally in addition to working with groups, parents, families and individuals to overcome challenge, support positive emotional health, self-care and enhance relational development.

Karen Smith has a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Diploma in Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring (Current), and a portfolio of professional training to support families and children for positive outcomes. Karen worked in education for over 14 years but now works independently to support emotional health for all.  She is also a Restorative Practitioner and is passionate about positive emotional health and wellbeing for everyone. 

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The Well Woman Network Venue

Wychcotes on the Banks of the River Thames. Our Well Woman Network Venue. 







For more detailed information for any of our events, please contact us. 

Tickets are available for all our paid events on Eventbrite.

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17th March 


7.30pm to 9.30pm

The Well Woman Network - Art for Wellbeing Project

Mindful Pebble Painting, good company and conversation with likeminded women. This is a non-profit event supporting emotional health in women. More information can be found on the ticket link below. 

Tickets available here 


10th March 2020

7.30pm to 9.30pm

The Well Woman Network - Let's Talk Menopause - FREE - More information can be found on the ticket link below.

Tickets available here


21st  March


12.30pm to 4.30pm

The Well Woman Network - Boathouse Event 

Art for Wellbeing Project - Art Journaling for Wellbeing with Art Teacher & Emotional Health Advocate, Rachel Freegard. More information can be found on the ticket link below.

Tickets available here


24th March to Tuesday 28th April


7.30pm to 9.30pm

The Well Woman Network - Art for Wellbeing Project 

Mindful Art for Wellbeing - A six week coure supporting emotional health through Mindful Art, with Art Teacher and Emotional Health Advocate, Rachel Freegard. This is a non profit event supporting emotional health in women. More information can be found on the ticket link below.

Tickets available here. 

About, Professional Qualifications & Experience

About me

My name is Karen Smith and I have lived and worked in Berkshire for over 25 years.  As an experienced therapeutic practitioner, I am passionate about positive mental health for all and work with adults and families to provide a safe, non-judgemental and comfortable environment to support best outcomes. 

Qualifications, Professional Development & Memberships

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Inst. of Counselling (Accredited University of the West of Scotland).
  • Diploma in Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring (Current), Inst. of Counselling (Accredited, University of the West of Scotland).

  • Restorative Practitioner, Restorative Justice Council

  • Signs of Safety 

  • Safeguarding Children

  • CAF & Lead Professional

  • LSCB Effective Multi-Agency Working

  • Domestic Abuse 

  • LSCB Disguised Compliance

  • Associate Member of the Institute of Counselling

  • DBS Certificate held (Disclosure & Barring Service)

'Experiencing another's emotional journey is an absolute privilege. Observing their growth is inspiring.

Celebrating what they achieve thereafter is why I do what I do'.

Karen Smith

The Forward Thinking Therapist

Young People Survey 2018

In January of 2018, Forward Thinking Therapies asked 150 young people, aged between 13 and 18, questions relating to their emotional health and wellbeing. The survey was completed anonymously via Survey Monkey. The above is a summary of what was reflected in the young peoples responses. 

The results are concerning. However, the responses could be used as a guiding tool, discussion point with your young person and also enable us, as parents, to reflect on our own expectations of our young people.  

The Parent Programme for 

Groups, Schools & Local Organisations

The aim of this workshop is to discuss, understand, explore and learn how we can best support emotional health in our children and young people.

We discuss:

  • the current mental health challenges children and young people face.
  • how our own thoughts and behaviours influence the emotional health of children and young people.
  • young peoples expectations of adults.
  • healthy functioning and self concept.

We also explore areas of positive emotional growth and development and how we, as parents, can help our children and young people achieve this. Topics will include how we can support children and young people to:

  • understand emotions
  • learn to problem solve and find solutions.
  • cope with unexpected change.
  • learn to assess risk.
  • overcome disappointment and failure.
  • create and embrace unique individuality.
  • think rationally.
  • overcome challenge positively.
  • have the ability to self-reflect.
  • talk positively to themselves.
  • how we encourage communication, opinion and choice.
  • how we address conflict in the family.

This workshop is aimed at parents who want to learn about how they can best support their child's emotional health in our modern day world and is recommended for parents of children age 16 and under.

About Karen Smith & Forward Thinking Therapies

Karen holds professional qualifications in Therapeutic Counselling and Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring (current) and is Associate Member of the Institute of Counselling.

She is a Certified Restorative Practitioner and has a portfolio of professional development training, supporting families and children in education to achieve positive outcomes.

Karen works independently with parents and families to educate, support and enhance emotional health in all aspects of family life and is passionate about positive emotional health for children and young people.

This workshop is available across Berkshire, North Hampshire and South Oxfordshire. If you are a school or parent group and would be interested in this workshop being delivered in your setting, please contact: [email protected]

Parents often ask if it is possible to facilitate this workshop for groups of parents. A private workshop can be arranged for groups of 10 parents. Please contact us for more information.


Parents of Children/Young People with Anxiety, Depression & SEMH Challenges. 

POCAD is a peer support group for parents/carers of children and young people who are experiencing SEMH challenges or trauma which has impacted their emotional health and everyday life.

The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space for parents to share experiences, support each other, engage in free monthly face to face meetings, emotionally offload and enable you to

feel less isolated.

There will also be an opportunity to attend presentations and workshops that specifically focus on helping you to support your child or young person at home. These are lead by professional clinicians who are highly qualified to advise and support in this field.

We have had the privilege of collaborating with some highly respected Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Research Fellows, highly skilled clinicians and specialists in this area. They are  

extremely supportive of our work.

Being a parent of a child or young person with emotional challenges is mentally exhausting and with little support it can feel lonely, isolating and desperate. I hope that this group will enable parents to connect positively to support each other.

We also have a private Facebook Group which lists our meetings and other information.

We currently run groups in Earley, Reading and Bracknell with a view to expand this further. 

Please contact us for details of our peer support meetings. 

POCAD on Facebook Link

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We look forward to receiving your enquiry and will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.  If your query is urgent, you can contact us on:

07899 713697 during normal business hours, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm daily. 

Thank you

The Small Print

All communications and meetings are strictly confidential between the client and Forward Thinking Therapies. 

As with any service, the client/practitioner dynamic and professional relationship is key in achieving positive outcomes for you. Just as every client is unique, so is every therapist and whilst I am committed to providing the best possible support, it is important that you feel comfortable with me and the approaches I use.

Coaching/Mentoring & Counselling Services 

Sessions are for 1 hour and charged at £45 per hour or part thereof.  The number of sessions required will be dependent on your individual needs. 

Group Sessions Please contact me for further information.

Payment Terms

A deposit payment of £45 is required when we agree your first appointment. Thereafter payment is required in full at the end of each session unless otherwise agreed. We accept all major debit/credit cards. An invoice will be provided for your records. 

Hours of Business:

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm


48 hours notice is required if you need to cancel an appointment. If this is not achievable a full session charge will be incurred.  

Forward Thinking Therapies is professionally insured by PolicyBee.

Professionally Insured

Forward Thinking Therapies is professionally insured by PolicyBee.